Brendon McCullum: England manager says playing an attractive brand of Test cricket can make the red ball game thrive | cricket news

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England take on New Zealand in three tests next month, starting at Lord’s on June 2 live on Sky Sports; The second test takes place at Trent Bridge between June 10 and 14; The third Test takes place at Headingley between June 23-27.

Last update: 05/19/22 5:18 pm

Brendon McCullum anticipates playing an attractive brand of Test cricket in charge of England

Brendon McCullum anticipates playing an attractive brand of Test cricket in charge of England

Brendon McCullum believes his aim to transform the fortunes of the England Test team as head coach can help safeguard the future of the format.

The New Zealander has been appointed to stem the decline of a team that has won just one of its last 17 matches and will report later this month to start working under new captain Ben Stokes.

McCullum was one of the buccaneering players during his career on the pitch and he is confident that making England a competitive and attractive team can boost wider Test play.

Speaking in an internal interview with the England and Wales Cricket Board, he said: “Test cricket has always been the pinnacle for me and perhaps its popularity has somehow trended south of late.

McCullum and skipper Ben Stokes will lead England into a new era

McCullum and skipper Ben Stokes will lead England into a new era

“If red ball cricket is not only to be sustained but to prosper, it needs England to play an attractive brand of Test cricket, which competes with Australia, India, New Zealand. It’s a big, lofty goal, but it’s what’s in match”. in front of us

“That’s what got me excited, if we can get it right, get England back to where they are, where we should be, which is the best of the best. Challenging the best teams in the world, playing the brand that attracts the next generation of talent, then we can take test cricket to a level where kids want to play it rather than just the short versions.”

Turning his message back to fans in his adopted country, he added: “If we can achieve the ambitions that Stokesy and I have, it will certainly be a team worth following.”

“Hopefully we can play that kind of entertainment, I won’t say gentlemen, because that’s probably what other people expect us to do – cricket.

McCullum's England take on his native New Zealand in three tests in June, live on Sky Sports

McCullum’s England take on his native New Zealand in three tests in June, live on Sky Sports

“It’s a pretty simple philosophy, but if we get it right, with the talent that exists in English cricket, hopefully we’ll get results to go in the right direction and build something together.”

McCullum also discussed his close relationship with England’s one-day captain Eoin Morgan, revealing the pair speak every day, and described his new limited pack counterpart Matthew Mott as a “really canny trainer” who operates “egoless”

On the exchange of multi-format players, he added: “Our relationship will be good. There will be times when we will fight over the players, for sure, but we will try to come to the right decision for the player and the right one.” decision for English cricket”.



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